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8 Priests Avoid Prosecution For Alleged Sex Assaults

None of the eight Roman Catholic priests removed from office over the last two years will face criminal prosecution. Officials with the Diocese of Ogdensburg say the statute of limitations for child sex crimes makes it impossible to punish offenders. As Brian Mann reports, St. Lawrence county's district attorney says he wants church officials to provide more information about the cases.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Diocese Removes 8 Priests

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg says the church has removed eight priests from active ministry since June of 2002. The move follows a new zero-tolerance policy enacted by American bishops, designed to stop sexual abuse of children. As Brian Mann reports, 14 other priests were implicated in the church's North Country investigation.  Go to full article

Lake George Priest Sentenced For Drunken Driving

A former pastor from Lake George who pleaded guilty to vehicular assault for a head-on crash that injured three others has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Diocese of Ogdensburg Settles Priest Abuse Case

The Diocese of Ogdensburg will pay a total of 180 thousand dollars to four women, who accused a Roman Catholic Priest of sexually abusing them as children. The settlement follows a 17 million dollar lawsuit filed against the Diocese last year. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Rohan Roy takes his message to the streets in Plattsburgh.
Rohan Roy takes his message to the streets in Plattsburgh.

In A Time Of War, Voices For Peace

The U.S. Military continues to prepare for war in Iraq, sending thousands of troops to bases in the Persian Gulf. The Bush Administration says war isn't certain, but many observers say the fighting could begin as early as next month.
Peace activists in the north country say they, too, are getting ready. A growing number of groups across the region have staged protests and vigils, hoping to win more support. As Brian Mann reports, peace activists in this rural area face harsh weather, isolation--and some questions that don't have easy answers.  Go to full article

Special Report: Roman Catholic Priest Shortage Reshapes North Country Life

The Roman Catholic Church has been a powerful force in the North Country since the region was settled by whites hundreds of years ago. But the once-firm fabric of community parishes is under increasing strain. A shortage of priests has forced the Diocese of Ogdensburg to close churches, and move priests to serve more congregations. The process has continued through the summer and fall. Currently, one in four parishes in the North Country lacks a resident pastor. As Brian Mann reports, the crisis began long before the current sex-abuse scandals, and it's changing the work of the local churches.  Go to full article

Four North Country Pastors Removed From Their Ministries

Four North Country pastors have been removed from their ministries following a "zero tolerance" policy on child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. The removals mean the consolidation of some parishes and the transfer of priests. Jody Tosti spoke with the Diocese of Ogdensburg and has this story.  Go to full article

Former North Country Priest Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

A Catholic priest that served in small towns across the North Country has been accused of sexually abusing children. A lawsuit filed by two women in Syracuse hopes to win a damage award of seven million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the same priest has been accused of sexually abusing girls over a period of twenty-five years—in Canton, Sackets Harbor, and St. Regis Falls.  Go to full article

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